A group of citizens sent a letter of protest to bTV. The reason for it are the allegations on three topics of the presenter Alexander Kadiev, made in the program “Before noon” on February 12. According to the authors of the letter, these allegations are not only transphobic and racist, but also factually incorrect, reports “Gender.land”.
The first topic concerns new rules at a hospital in Sussex, UK, which Kadiev presents as follows:
“Can we talk about a case in Sussex, UK, which is a bit special? The University Hospital of Sussex is introducing a new policy and has told midwives that they can no longer use the words ‘mother’, ‘breastfeeding’ and ‘motherhood’ to protect trans people, and this is official at this hospital. ()
We are now on television and in a democracy. I will not express myself utterly so as not to lose my job, because I will only stay for a while, but I strongly disagree with that.
How do they change the vocabulary of humanity in the name of serving people who have decided to do a carnival for them? “
According to the authors of the letter, the information is misleading. This is not about banning midwives from calling mothers mothers, but about the official documentation in the hospital, which aims to include everyone. And therefore, if a trans man or a non-binary person enters the hospital to give birth, he should not be called a “mother” against his will.
Kadiev’s words give the impression that words such as “mother” and “breastfeeding” will be banned almost everywhere. Sports news anchor Florina Ivanova joins his outrage.
The writer Zahari Karabashliev also took part in the show, who took a more nuanced position, but did not question the false news spoken by Kadiev.
The second topic, which infuriated the authors of the letter, is about African Americans and Asians, who, according to Kadiev, cannot make films, and the lack of famous African-American poets. The presenter says:
“But we don’t mind, but let’s say he, the African-American or the Asian, when the poor man can’t make a movie, ahem, why should he push to make a movie?”
There are people who can make movies and they just… so it happened. With a different skin color. It is not because we want to. Have you heard of a world-class African-American poet?
To refute Kadiev’s claim, the authors of the letter enclose a list of poets and writers of African descent who have won Pulitzer and other prestigious awards and received international recognition.
The third topic addressed in the letter is the reason for Kadiev’s words about African Americans and Asians. He states:
“And what’s more – this so-called diversity that is being talked about. In Hollywood, you know what has already happened under the new rules for the Oscars and so on. People of different races had to be present in one production, otherwise it wouldn’t be.”
According to the authors of the letter, the presenter’s statement was “openly racist, instilling the idea that only people with white skin should be involved in film art and that people of color do not have the place or qualities to create in the field of cinema.”
They also point out that this is again fake news. First, they mix two different things: Hollywood film studios and the Oscars, and second, the new Oscar rules do require minorities to be on the cast, but they don’t have to be actors. They can be, for example, operators or wardrobes.
The letter gives examples of numerous films that have won a number of awards and in which representatives of various minorities participate.
The authors urge the Before Noon team to apologize to its viewers and the affected minority groups, and for the presenters to get acquainted with the real facts and present them correctly to the audience. to discuss these topics and BTV journalists to learn how to talk about them adequately.
“We fully support freedom of speech and expression, even if it is contradictory. What we strongly oppose is the presentation of false or seriously distorted facts as truth, and the appropriate use of these lies to set society against certain groups. people, “the letter said.
In the absence of an adequate response from BTV, the authors reserve the right to submit signals to the Commission for Journalistic Ethics, the Council for Electronic Media, as well as to the court – due to the discrimination in their speeches.
The full text of the letter can be read here. It was signed by Veneta Limberova, chairwoman of the LGBT Youth Action Organization, Vera Slavova, spectator, Viktor Lilov, publisher, Daniel Dimitrov, PhD student in economics, Denitsa Lyubenova, lawyer, Kosta Karakashyan, director, choreographer and editor-in-chief of Out. bg, Lachezar Georgiev, design and prepress, Marina Simeonova, musician, Paul Naydenov, chairman of Bilitis Resource Center Foundation, Svetla Encheva, freelance journalist and sociologist, Simeon Vassilev, GLAS Foundation chairman, Todor Totev, software engineer, Hristo Hristov, musician.
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